Skype - the Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom

Karina Barley
Taking education into the 21st Century
Learn how to integrate Skype into your classroom as the ultimate Global Classroom tool.
Target Audience
All educators including Primary & Secondary Students ESL Teachers Language Teachers Principals
2 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Skype’s video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration. Using this very simple video chat service, you can engage in numerous projects that may not be accessible due to geographic location, time, cost and practicality. Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Language is not a barrier, as Skype now has a facility called Skype Translator that allows students to connect with students in other countries. This can be especially invaluable for studying other languages, ESL students and multicultural studies.
There are four ways this can be achieved:
Skype Lessons that allows you to connect with any teacher or classroom around the world.
Mystery Skype is a fun project where you can learn about geography by trying to guess who you are skyping with.
Virtual Field Trips that can take you anywhere around the world.
Guest Speakers from many expert fields who can connect with your class.
Integrating Skype and other tools, your classroom can become a vibrant, multicultural and multi diverse hub that will not only engage and motivate your students, but will also enhance their learning.


All educators including Primary & Secondary Students
ESL Teachers
Language Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

My school has TTA School Membership - If your school has TTA School Membership and will be paying for your course, please enrol in the normal way. Upon submitting your enrolment confirmation, your enrolment request will be sent to your PD Coordinator for approval. Once they approve the enrolment you will be emailed with details for course access. The school will not be charged until the PD Coordinator approves the enrolment.

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You will be expected to have Skype on your PC, Laptop or iPad. Please register for a Skype Account and Skype name.

Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you


Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.6.2 & 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


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Module 1: Skype Introduction

45 minutes

How to download Skype, test the audio etc.
Also how to use Skype Translator.

Video, instructions, images etc.

Module 2: Skype - The Global Classroom

1 hour

The Global Classroom – Why?
How to connect with others in the Skype Educational World?
What activities can you do using Skype?

Video, Images, Text

Module 3: Mystery Skype

1 hour

Using Mystery Skype
Using Skype Translator
Other Benefits of Skype Translator

Video, Images, Text

Module 4: Skype Lessons

1 hour

Why Skype Lessons?
Using other tools inside Skype such as Skype Sharing, Powerpoint, Youtube etc.

Video, Images, Text

Module 5: Virtual Field Trips

1 hour

Exploring the far corners of the world like never before, Skype allows you to go anywhere.

Video, Images, Text

Module 6: Guest Speakers

1 hour

Using Skype you can connect with anyone, anywhere.
You open up your classroom to experts like never before, such as authors, artists, musicians, engineers, doctors etc.
What’s even better, you are not limited to your own town, state or country. There are experts everywhere willing to share their expertise with students and classrooms.

Video, Images, Text


15 minutes

Overview & reflection.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Skype - the Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom

Some interesting ideas and concepts were brought up. Some of the videos were a little long and time consuming to look through, eg. Watching skype lessons. Would be handy if there was a downloadable set of course notes with step-by-step instructions for connecting to these various platforms and features within skype. Otherwise, it could be a lot of information to take in and be difficult to remember when the time comes that you want to use it.

Skype - the Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom
by Erin Carroll on 17/08/2017

This course is well-structured, concise and contains very practical audio-visual resources that are suited to participants of all technological abilities. The instructions are easy to follow and I learned new skills every step of the course. The activities and links provide opportunities for participants to learn, create and extend and are incredibly useful for teachers wishing to use Skype in their classroom. A highly recommended course!

About the team

Karina Barley


Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.